Chinatown New York City, located in Manhattan’s lower east side, is a sprawling, densely populated neighborhood full of exotic smells, bustling store fronts and restaurants spilling over with hungry patrons. It’s a great place to go if you want to experience a piece of Asia and still make it home in time for dinner. I recommend sampling the local fare, wandering through the markets and soaking up a bit of the culture. Chinatown-Online provides some interesting background on the neighborhood and details the different offerings you can find once you get there.

Sunday was my first visit to NYC’s Chinatown and I went with my good friend and her folks for some dumplings and shopping. Rosanah’s family is from Hong Kong and I was more than happy to try all the different dishes they ordered at Nom Wah Tea Parlor. Everything tasted delicious and I definitely recommend trying it out (although, nothing could ever be as good as Mama Fung’s home cooked meals, which are the source of constant amazement for me).

Dumplings, chicken feet, baked turnips, Chinese spare ribs, spring rolls and sticky rice. Nothing better on a Sunday afternoon!

See You in the City!

A view of the restaurant. There are many to choose from and don’t be intimidated by the menus or the hustle and bustle on the inside.

Just like in sushi restaurants, which most people are likely more familiar with, the menu is a checklist and you can simply mark the items you want. Make sure you order tea along with your meal!

Lotus leaves filled with sticky rice and pork. So pretty on the outside and delicious on the inside!

Shrimp Dumplings or “Har Gow” – minced shrimp in a wheat wrapper.

Shrimp in Won-Ton wrapper or “Shrimp Sui Mai.” We also tried “Pork Sui Mai.”

Rosanah and me in Chinatown!!!